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Loch Tay Boathouse reopens - with outdoor 'bothy' pods to enjoy beautiful views

A lochside bar and restaurant has reopened after a major refurbishment.

Published: May 18, 2021

The Boathouse Kitchen and Bar, located within the grounds of Loch Tay Highland Lodges, is reopening its doors following a major redesign and refurbishment.

The restaurant and bar, which is located at the edge of the picturesque loch and marina near Killin, is now under the management of the team behind Mharsanta, Van Winkle and The Inchcolm Inn.

Inspired by its waterside location and surrounding scenery, The Boathouse’s interior has been transformed to have a distinct and contemporary Scottish feel, with the team now ready to welcome visitors from near and far.

The venue, which includes an indoor restaurant and bar and a large outdoor area overlooking the water, is an ideal spot soaking up the views over drinks, lunch or dinner.

A cluster of five cosy outdoor dining bothies are also now available to book.

These dining pods will ensure diners can stay warm and dry during the unpredictable Scottish summer.

The Boathouse’s menu has locally sourced and seasonal quality ingredients, including Shetland island mussels, freshly landed fish and chips and steak pie, alongside a fine selection of whiskys, wines and soft drinks.

The Boathouse also has a special nutritious dog-friendly menu, developed by BBC Radio Scotland’s resident vet Ross Allan from Pets‘n’Vets.

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The team are also looking to launch of selection of new activities and packages for people to enjoy, from private events, whisky tastings and waterfront BBQs, to live music, picnics and cooking demos.

Derek Mallon of The Boathouse Bar & Kitchen said: “It fills us with pride to take over management of The Boathouse at Loch Tay and to have finished refurbishing the space, creating a relaxed space for guests at this very special location.

"We’ve put a lot of care into the revamping the space and are very much looking forward to welcoming customers old and new. As restrictions continue to ease, we hope to become a new favourite for locals and visitors alike.”

Rupert Barrett of Largo Leisure added: “Over the last 10 years we have put considerable investment into the accommodation on-site at Loch Tay Highland Lodges, which now offers over 75 self-catered units for rental.

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"This new investment into the on-site restaurant which we have called The Boathouse Kitchen and Bar begins to complete this development and we hope that this will provide a new relaxed environment which customers and visitors can use for socialising during their holiday.

“We are excited to re-open the space as Derek and his experienced team take on the daily running of the restaurant and we hope our guests enjoy this new addition to the site.”

In line with government restrictions, The Boathouse Kitchen and Bar is now open for outdoor and indoor dining.

For more information and reservations please visit their website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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